Attaining information technology education and training plays an important role in developing human potential and job creation. Mostly, this is attained traditionally by pursuing a college degree in computing-related fields such as Computer Science, Information Technology, etc. Recently, initiatives and programs such as Bootcamps, code schools, tech meetups, etc, are helping to provide technology training to many youths. In Ghana, these programs have established their place in Accra, Kumasi, Ho, and many more communities and have led to the emergence of a new startup ecosystem in these places. Unfortunately, not all places have these programs and Sefwi is one of the underserved places when it comes to such programs. To make the people the youth in Sefwi join the tech force of lifelong learners through taking courses, learning new skills, and earning credentials to change their careers, lives, and our immediate communities in countless ways, Brightfield Tech Academy was born.
Brightfield Tech Academy is a social venture that seeks to offer tech training heavily on coding and a tech hub for residents of Sefwi, grooming them to become tech-ready for jobs in the software industry or entrepreneurship via the startup route. Our programs are supposed to be free but to be financially sustainable, we charge trainees at lower cost or free for those who cannot afford at all. This initiative is started by Oliver Mensah, a software engineer with interests in tech education through setting up developer communities and programs. He has helped build the local developer ecosystem in Ghana through Facebook led initiative, Developer Circles.